SEATTLE – (Feb. 17) Seattle University opened its baseball season on Friday with a double header against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, coming away with its first two wins of the season.
Janson Junk took the mound for the Redhawks (2-0) in the first game and wasted little time going to work, looking sharp in his first start of the season. The Cougars (0-2) had no answers. He would finish with seven strikeouts and just one walk, giving up one earned run in six innings to pick up the win, 4-1.
Left fielder Max Modeste scored the first run of the season for the Redhawks with a deep home run to right field in the second inning to give Seattle U a 1-0 lead. They would go on to score again in the third when center fielder Dalton Hurd singled, setting up an RBI-triple by shortstop Griffin Andreychuk to put the Redhawks up 2-0.
Junk let up an ground out RBI to Jordan Stading in the fourth to make it a 2-1 game, but he regained his composure and retired the side in order.
Going into the seventh and final inning, the Redhawks brought in closer Connor Moore to finish off the game. In his first appearance of the season he walked the leadoff batter, but followed it up with a double play and a strikeout to earn the save.
In the second game of the day the Redhawks’ offense exploded early and they never looked back.
Hurd led off with a double, and just like the first game, Andreychuk followed with an RBI-triple to put the Redhawks on the board. They kept it going with a Sutton walk and Stroosma single, followed by Modeste’s second homer of the day to give them a 5-0 lead in the first.
“Modeste has got crazy power,” said Harrel. “Boy he came out and just ignited our club, you can see how (the team) rallies around him.”
The Redhawks got into a little trouble in the second inning when an error in the outfield put runners on second and third, but starter Jake Prizina was able to get out of the jam giving up just one run.
The Cougars answered again in the third inning to cut the lead to 6-2, but Prizina worked his way out of another jam to keep the scoring at a minimum. SIUE would plate another run in the fifth inning, making it a three-run game.
The Redhawks started the fifth inning hot with back-to-back singles from Sutton and Stroosma. Sutton advanced to third on a Modeste flyout and scored on the next at bat – a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Michael Ciancio. They extended their lead to 8-3 on a double to left field by pinch hitter Jeffrey Morgan.
Prizina left the game after four innings, giving up three runs and earning the win. He was relieved by Austin Hansen, who went three no-hit innings while striking out five.
The Redhawks would go on to win the game, 9-3, picking up 13 hits along the way.
“We weren’t as nervous as I thought we might be, but (SIUE) wasn’t either,” said Harrel. “I thought that first game was some quality baseball, and it was a really good start. The aggression carried over into game two and our offense was able to stack up enough runs to win.”
Seattle U continues the four-game series against SIUE on Saturday, Feb. 17 with a single game starting at 1:00 p.m.